Local high school student could win a trip to Washington, DC, and a
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[August 17, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Local high school
students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in
scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C., through the Voice of
Democracy essay competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign
Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary.
Commander Joseph Stachon of the VFW Department of Illinois announced
the kickoff this week of the 66th year of the scholarship program.
Students begin by competing at the local VFW post level, with a
deadline of Nov. 1.
Post winners advance to district, and then the first-place
district winner advances to the state competition. All state winners
receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. A total of $152,000 is
awarded to national finalists. First place is $30,000.
Annually the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships.
Each year, around 50,000 students participate in the competition.
This is the theme for 2012-2013: "Is Our Constitution Still
Relevant?" Using that theme, students must write and record a three-
to five-minute essay on an audio cassette tape or audio CD and
present their recording, typed essay and entry form at their local
VFW post. Interested students and teachers should contact the
nearest Veterans of Foreign Wars post or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for further
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[Text from file received from
VFW Department of Illinois]